Alexandre Lacazette’s future at Arsenal has been plunged into more uncertainty with the club set to take action against him.
The Frenchman, who has been warned about a similar offence previously, was pictured with a balloon in his mouth and is said to have sent a video to friends, according to reports in the Daily Star.
He faces being disciplined by Arsenal after being caught inhaling from a balloon for the second time in 18 months, with the club taking the matter “seriously”.
An Arsenal spokesman told the PA news agency: “This is a private matter which we are taking seriously. It will be handled internally.”
Mikel Arteta will be furious with the forward, who was warned by the club in 2018 when more video footage emerged of him inhaling the gas in a nightclub .
The Gunners’ statement suggests Lacazette will face disciplinary action and his future in the capital is up in the air.
The 28-year-old has two years on his contract and, The Daily Mail report talks have “stalled” over a new deal.
Lacazette, who has scored seven goals in 20 Premier League games this season, is under contract until 2022. It’s thought Arteta will allow the former Lyon star to move on after benching him in the last three Premier League fixtures.
A report in the Sunday Mirror claimed Arsenal are considering a summer move for Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard, while Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy is now believed to be a target, with Arteta possibly making plans for life without Lacazette.